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Alibris Names Liz Derr Chief Operating Officer

Top online book, music, and movie marketplace to focus on improving customer satisfaction and expanding business partnerships

EMERYVILLE, CA—March 5, 2008—Alibris, the premier online marketplace for new and used books, CDs, and DVDs is pleased to announce the promotion of Liz Derr to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Derr has been VP of Engineering at Alibris for the past two years, after joining Alibris in 2005.

In her role as COO, Derr continues to lead the company's Engineering department, and she shoulders additional responsibilities. She now manages Alibris's partnerships with online and traditional retail partners, like Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Chapters/Indigo, and Half.com by eBay, and heads Alibris's customer service organization, which supports the online marketplace's millions of retail customers and thousands of independent book, music, and movie sellers.

"Liz has successfully led Alibris through new initiatives and major infrastructure changes, and has taken over leadership of our cross-functional operations team this past year," said Brian Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alibris. "She has a real passion for improving customer satisfaction. Having Liz integrate our engineering, customer service, and business- partnership initiatives allows us to better serve sellers, buyers, and partners by implementing improvements that drive long-term growth for our business." Elliott further explained that Alibris has made significant infrastructure investments—investments the book, music, and movie marketplace intends to leverage in 2008 to help their independent sellers find more buyers through the broadest available base of both online and traditional retail outlets.

Already in 2008, Alibris has launched the following four initiatives to help both sellers and buyers:

  • Sellers can now provide buyers with delivery-confirmation or tracking numbers on items purchased through the Alibris marketplace.
  • Sellers are now able to upload custom images of their new and used books, CDs, and DVDs, which is especially helpful for listing rare and hard-to-find books.
  • Alibris now provides sellers with access to exclusive data about the marketplace's top-selling books.
  • Alibris and Blackwell U.K. launched a partnership to provide Blackwell U.K. customers with access to the incredible selection available through Alibris's global network of independent sellers of books, music items, and movies.

"I am very excited to continue building on our strong start in 2008," said Derr. "The Blackwell U.K. relationship is only the first of many new business partnerships that will leverage the new Alibris E-commerce Integration Framework. We will also be expanding our current partnerships with major online and traditional media retailers this year."

Derr also confirmed the renewed focus on customer satisfaction, indicating that Alibris is actively working on significant upgrades to the level of service they provide to buyers and sellers. "Our team is stronger than ever, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to drive initiatives that build on our solid foundation of unparalleled selection and extensive partnerships," she said.

About Alibris
Alibris is the premiere online destination for new and used books, music items, and movies, as well as rare and out-of-print titles. We connect people who love books, music, and movies to the best independent sellers from 45 countries around the world. Our proprietary technology and advanced logistics allow us to offer more than 75 million used, new, and out-of-print titles to consumers, libraries, and retailers, which include Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Borders, Chapters/Indigo, and Half.com. Founded in 1998 and acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2006, Alibris was named a "Fast 50" and a "Technology Fast 500" growth business by Deloitte in 2005. Alibris is a registered trademark.

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